Saturday, February 24, 2018

Terminally Fraudulent

A former doctor from Anaheim was sentenced to nine years behind bars for falsely certifying that Medicare patients were terminally ill, and thus qualified for hospice care, when the vast majority of them were not actually dying.

What’s Behind Door #1, #2 and #3?

Myrna S. Parcon, a/k/a “Merna Parcon,” 62, of Dallas and Ransome N. Etindi, 57, of Waxahachie, Texas, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle for their role in a nearly $60 million Medicare fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Honesty Makes a Huge Difference

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Cherry Hill Doctor, Son Admit to Medicare Fraud, Authorities Say” published by Cherry Hill Patch. A father and son who are both in the medical field have admitted to their roles in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare by using unqualified people to give physical therapy to Medicare recipients.

Old-fashioned Idea, Newfangled Fraud

Physician house calls are an old-fashioned idea, but Medicare has turned to them to help the government health care program save money in the 21st century. While a key study shows that home health care has saved 17 percent in health care spending by...

Diagnostic Fraud

Diagnostic tests are necessary to determine how to correctly treat medical symptoms and conditions. A California man used his diagnostic testing clinics to carry out a scheme that bilked nearly $7 million from Medicare by ordering unnecessary tests for patients he illegally recruited. (The...

Gone, Just Like That

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Department of Justice press release entitled, “Owner of Home Health Agency Sentenced to 75 Years in Prison for Involvement in $13 Million Medicare Fraud Conspiracy.” The owner and director of nursing of a Houston home health agency was sentenced today to 75 years in prison for her role in a $13 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Sitting Ducks

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “2 Slidell residents sentenced in $25 million Medicare fraud scheme,” posted on NOLA.com. Two Slidell residents who owned psychological services companies received long prison terms for their involvement in a $25 million scheme to defraud Medicare by charging for nursing home services that were unnecessary or never performed.

Achilles Heel

With 26 bones, 33 joints and more than one hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments in each foot, a lot of things can go wrong with a pair of feet. A former executive with a Chicago-based health care company committed Medicare fraud by taking advantage...

Free Housekeeping

A Dallas company enticed patients to use Medicare-funded home health care they didn't need by giving them grocery gift cards and cash, federal prosecutors say. Dallas Home Health Care owner Viju Mathew and his wife, Mariamma Viju, were sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for the scheme, which even pitched the health services as a way to sign up for free housekeeping.

What Can You Buy with $20 Million?

A registered nurse and home health company owner has been convicted of conspiracy and multiple counts of healthcare fraud in a $20 million dollar scheme to defraud Medicare.

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